Saint Roch

Francesco Francia Italian

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This altarpiece by the leading artist in Bologna was painted in 1502 for the church of Santa Maria della Morte. Worshippers there were members of a lay religious group that visited prisoners and those condemned to death. They had the privilege of releasing a prisoner on the feast day of Saint Roch (ca. 1348–1376/79), who also protected plague victims, as denoted by the bubo on his leg.

Saint Roch, Francesco Francia (Italian, Bologna ca. 1447–1517 Bologna), Tempera on wood

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